Happy Monday friends! I have another amazing planner to share with you guys today. I guess its because it is the beginning of a new year, but I have been on a planner reorganization kick recently! Almost none of my planners have gone untouched. Some have gotten away with only minor tweaks or adjustments, while others have gotten a complete overhaul.
Today’s planner system falls into the second category, and has gotten a complete make-over since the version I used last year. Today’s planner is my 2015 Project Life planner. Since I am still working on my 2014 Project Life album (I have only completed up to week 12) I was not able to reuse my 2014 Project Life planner for this year’s crafty organization.
This actually turned out to be for the best, as I had a brand new beautiful Sugar Paper planner that Melissa had gifted me for Christmas, that I still hadn’t found a use for yet. Once the idea struck me to use it to organize my 2015 Project Life, I knew this was the perfect solution!
I am just so in love with this planner, isn’t she a beauty? Everything from the huge gold numbers on the cover, to the gold monthly tabs and adorable polka dot pattern throughout the planner. This one’s a knockout!
This planner comes with both monthly and weekly inserts, which is usually my preferred layouts for my planners (except my everyday planner). The entire planner is also impeccably designed with attention to both function and aesthetics.
Each monthly page will be used to track and organize the actual crafting process involved in my Project Life albums. This will give me an overview of what I need to complete and when in order to stay current with my album. It will also let me know immediately if I do fall behind, so I can quickly make a plan to catch back up.
The first thing I did was label the week number for each week. Since I use a Monday start for my Project Life weeks, I stamped a banner in each Monday block and wrote in the week number. I think this will be super useful, because even a few weeks into the year it can be really hard to remember and keep straight what week is what number.
The next thing I did was schedule in a time to import my pictures onto my computer each week. Since I plan to be creating a layout each week, and making each layout a week after it happens, it is super important that I consistently load pictures from my phone onto my computer. Having this task done at the end of each week will help my crafting process run smoothly and without delays when I sit down to create my layouts.
Next it was time to plan my actual crafting, specifically when I would make each layout. As I outlined here, I plan to make each layout a week after it happens. This gives me a chance to gather everything I need for the layout, and organize a bit before diving in. So I scheduled out exactly which weeks need to be made on which day, so there is never any confusion about what I should be working on. I’m hoping this will keep me on track and up to date with my albums!
The last thing I wanted to make sure to include in my monthly layout was when I would blog about each of my layouts. Originally, I had thought about blogging about two layouts at a time, every other week (as you can sort of see in the picture above). However, I decided to keep doing things how I have been, and post one layout every Friday. It just feel better to me to do it this way.
After my month at a glance, I use the weekly layouts for the bulk of my Project Life organization. This is where I record day to day memories as they happen, so they are not forgotten by the time I get to scrap them. This is also where I record all the photos I took and want to include, as well as any memorabilia I have collected.
This weekly page is where I recorded and organized my week 1 layout, you can see the finished product here.
At the beginning of each week, I prepare my weekly spread by stamping five check boxes in each day. These check boxes are to record things that I need to include in my spread. This mostly includes pictures, memorabilia, or videos. As I’m filling in this list each day, I also stamp an icon next to the check box to indicate what that item is. Once I print out or gather up an item to include in my spread, I check it off.
I use the rest of the lines provided in each day’s space to write down any additional notes I’d like to record. Here is where I can jot down specific stories or memories that happened during that day. Even if the stories don’t make the final cut to be included in my layout, I like that I now have a secondary form of memory keeping going on in the pages of this planner.
And that finishes up my brand new Project Life planner for 2015! I am just so in love with this system, and can’t wait to fill it up with memories, and really use it to help me organize my crafting this year. Do you organize your Project Life layouts before you actually create them? I’d love to see how you do it! Link to your crafting planners in the comments below so we can all get some more ideas and inspiration!
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These planner inserts were make using the following products:
- List It
- Plan It
- Happy Notes
- VersaMagic Pink Grapefruit
- VersaMagic Pixie Dust
- VersaMagic Turquoise Gem
- VersaMagic Aquatic Splash
- VersaMagic Mango Madness
This post was not sponsored by Studio L2E, however I did receive these stamps as a part of the Making Planning Fun Creative Team. I use these stamps and share them with you because I absolutely love them and know you will too!
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